Category: Ofsted

Ofsted and Finance


Since the school opened in September 2008, we have undergone four inspections.

Our first was in January 2010 and was led by Pat Kime of HMI. In January 2012 we were selected to take part in a Subject Specific Inspection. This inspection was led by Jane Jones HMI. Our third inspection was in October 2012. The latest inspection was in March 2017.

Our OFSTED reports can be found by following this link:

Pensby Primary OFSTED reports

We encourage parents to leave their views on how the school is performing through Parent Link. This can also be found through the OFSTED reports link above.


Pensby Primary School serves a richly diverse community that includes pupils entitled to ‘Pupil Premium’ grants. This report summarises the Pupil Premium Grant allocation, spending and impact for the academic year 2018/19..

Group Details 2018/19
Total number of children on roll 211 at year end
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG 28
Amount received per pupil FSM £1320
Additional LAC funding £7600
Total amount of PPG received £55,700

The expenditure of the 2018/19 PP grant mirrors much of that in 2017/18 in the areas that supported these pupils to meet or exceeded the national trend for PP performance.

The impact of the spend for 2018/19, is that the large majority of disadvantaged pupils made at least expected progress with the majority making more than expected progress. Further details of impact can be found in the Pupil Premium Strategy 2018/19 document, using the link below.

Our Strategy for the use of Pupil Premium funding for 2019/20, and our review of the funding for 2018/19 can also be accessed here:

PP Strategy and Review 2018 2019


Pensby Primary School utilises the PE grant in a number of ways to promote a number of sports across the school. The DFE states that conditions of the PE grant are:

The premium must be spent by schools on making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles. The Secretary of State does not consider the following expenditure as falling within the scope of additional or sustainable improvement:

·         employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements<> – these should come out of schools’ core staffing budgets

·         teaching the minimum requirements of the national curriculum PE programmes of study – including those specified for swimming

The minimum requirements from the PE programme of study are:

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

·         swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

·         use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]

·         perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

The use of the some PE grant in our school for swimming is IN ADDITION to the minimum requirements of the programmes of study. It:

1.     provides swimming instruction to all school pupils across 3 key stages (EYFS, KS1 and KS2) annually,
2.    Trains and teaches pupils not only correct stroke use, but the correct breathing techniques required to swim, so enabling them to swim stronger and longer, ​
3. Promotes aspects of PSED including development of resilience, independence and confidence, 
4. Allows children access to high quality coaching annually who would otherwise be unable to access this due to social and/or financial constraints.

Pensby Primary School uses some of  the PE grant to fund additional swimming lessons for all pupils from Year 1 through to year 6. We are fortunate that we access to swimming  facilities on site to enable us to do this. In addition to this, we employ a Sports Coach/lunchtime MDA to deliver lunchtime sport and activities to the pupils.

In addtion to that in 2018/19 we employed the services of Commando Joe to bring addtional PE and excercise expereiences to the pupils. Every child receives weekly sessions that focus on a range of PE activites to promote confident, self awareneess, teamwork and build characetr:

‘Since 2012 the Department for Education have funded our programmes and most recently we are supporting Opportunity areas across the country with Character Education’

We employ a two Sports Managers who work with the Midday Assistant team to promote sport across the curriculum and within lunchtime periods. An emphasis on team games such as netball, basketball and football was promoted.

Our 2018 2019 PE and Sport report can be downloaded here:

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